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post #1 of 3 Old 06-27-2013, 03:57 PM Thread Starter
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Introducing a new horse

Hi all!

I'm new to this site. I found it because I had a question :)

We recently introduced a horse to our stable. Our "herd" before the addition, consisted of a sorrel mare, ZsaZsa, and a palomino gelding named Sonny. ZsaZsa is seven years old and Sonny is seventeen. This new horse, T.J., is a twenty-four year old bay gelding.

ZsaZsa is the head horse and she can be a bit of a bossy one. Sonny is very laid back and extremely submissive.

We introduced T.J yesterday and suffice to say, it was a little bumpy. T.J. is not dominate at all. However he did trump Sonny.

I'm just curious, how long does it typically take for the horses to accept each other? ZsaZsa wont let T.J. near Sonny. She keeps herding Sonny away and biting and kicking at T.J.

So how long do you think it'll take for them to get along and for T.J. to be accepted?

We've introduced horses before, but they've always gotten along after about five minutes. Will they accept each other in a week? Two? How long do you think?
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post #2 of 3 Old 06-27-2013, 04:05 PM
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There is no calculated time period for the herd dynamics to settle. I usually keep my new horses separated for the first week with only a fence between them so they get used to the site of the new addition. However, I just introduced a 6th horse to the herd after being separated for a week and a half due to weight issue and they still run him off the main hay ring after being in there 3 weeks now. He is 20+ years old which is 10 years older than the next horse which is the lead mare. I will say from the marks on the others that he gives as good as he gets when they decide to get too pushy from his back side.

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post #3 of 3 Old 06-27-2013, 06:26 PM
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I agree with the above poster that a fence between them would be a GREAT first step. Hopefully this eases the transition and acceptance between the horses, but there may still be a fight for pecking order. Oh the herd mentality. Best of luck to you and your new horse!

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